iPhone coming to Canada in two weeks

October 5, 2021

OK, No direct link to Joost or P2P IPTV… but since I am Canadian and have been following the iPhone saga I will post about this interesting rumor:

WARNING: This is a rumour!!!

A Holt Renfrew insider has told DigitalJournal.com the luxury retailer will be carrying Apple’s iPhone across Canada by mid-October 2007. If the rumour is true, it would be the first confirmation of the iPhone’s arrival in Canada.

The Holt Renfrew source says the 8GB phone will be a GSM phone, retailing across the country for $799. Holt Renfrew is a luxury retailer with locations across Canada. The retailer is known for carrying high-fashion brands and hosting flamboyant parties.

Launched in the United States in June, the iPhone re-ignited the iPod-era Applemania. A Rogers customer service employee let news slip the company would have the iPhone exclusively in Canada back in January, which the company retracted a week later. A DigitalJournal.com Citizen Journalist ( [Citizen Journalist] Sarawanan Ravindran ) reported more feedback from Rogers in June, when the carrier confirmed once again it would be have the iPhone exclusively in Canada.

When DigitalJournal.com approached Rogers for comment on this Holt Renfrew news, the company would not confirm or deny anything.

According to some independent vendors of Rogers Wireless service, the cellular operator told its network of stores to stop activating accounts on the device.

For all Canadians hoping to get their hands on the iPhone, here’s hoping this rumour is true.
Source DigitalJournal

Boring weekend in Joost IRC channel

September 23, 2021

Since the announcement of OnTheToob acquisition by Joost a cold wind has been blowing on the “not so secret” Joost IRC channel (do some Googling to track it down). Many Joost developers are hanging in it and are chatting about various subjects.

Recently things got really quiet. Some would say that development get this quiet before major releases. If the level of “quietness” is proportional to the level of “change” in the next client release then one might say that it will be huge.

At the same time you might have noticed the large quantity of new content showing in the Joost database. There has also been more activity going on it the Joost blog with multiple posts per week… Joost also did some minor adjustments to it’s content search result page. So work is going on behind the scene… it is just not echoing as it use to in IRC.

I do not have much to report as far as Joost news today… but keep an ear on possible chatter between the team at IOSpirit (Remote Buddy) and Joost. As you might have noticed I found this nice gem of AJAX based remote control interface in the Remote Buddy beta software. This does some of what I had described in previous post regarding using an iPhone/iPod Touch as a super remote control (search my previous post).

I sincerely hope that something nice come out of this. If Remote Buddy was Windows compatible I would say that Joost should acquire them to kickstart the development of the Joost iPhone/iPod Touch remote control interface.

So that is it. I have no idea when the next major release of Joost client will be… but I am sure looking for it.

Control Joost with your iPhone/iPod Touch today!

September 18, 2021

You might have read one of my previous post regarding remotely controlling Joost from you iPhone or iTouch. Guess what! Someone is already making this a partial reality.

While reading various post about the iTouch this weekend I stumbled on a link to a nice iPhone/iTouch remote control application. OK, before you go saying that you can’t install applications on the iTouch because it has not been cracked yet I will state that this is an AJAX based application. Therefore no need to install anything on the iPhone/iTouch. The only thing you need is a WiFi connection back to the computer (Mac… sorry Windows users) running the server side software.

The software is called “Remote Buddy” and the beta release is adding iPhone/iTouch support. Remote Buddy allow you to control more than 70 applications, system parameters and Remote Buddy itself - just like with any other supported remote. One of those supported application happen to be Joost! Cool. But you won’t get the type of integration I described in my earlier post. For this Joost would have to make some more API available.

To make this possible Remote Buddy uses AJAX to create a virtual remote control on the iPhone/iTouch. The AJAX Remote is a virtual remote control, that is integrated into Remote Buddy and gives you access to Remote Buddy’s menu and functionality through a web browser.

The mini webinterface Remote Buddy dynamically generates is loaded into a browser - for example that of an iPhone™ - and offers direct access to the diverse functions in Remote Buddy. The webinterface is delivered to the browser by a webserver, developed from scratch by IOSPIRIT and which runs directly on your Mac®. The direct integration into Remote Buddy offers significant advantages such as a very high speed, efficiency and extremely low reaction times in a (W)LAN of often just a few milliseconds.

I have not been able to test the software myself just yet since I don’t have an iTouch yet… but when I get it I will certainly report on how well it work!

By the way, this is NOT a paid advertisement! But I am always open to advertise great IPTV related products on my blog!!

Joost on the iPhone / iPod Touch

September 11, 2021

Update:

OK, bad news, Apple corrected their statement about not breaking 3rd party applications on the iPhone/iPod. Apparently “software updates will most likely break” 3rd party app compatibility.

Original post:

No, don’t get excited, this is not an actual product! It is not even talked about by Joost staff. But it would certainly make sense.

Since the iPhone and the iPod Touch where announced I have been thinking about how Joost could use the potential of the new Apple OSX platform. With the recent news that Apple is blessing the development of native software for the platform it all became clear. It would make sense for Joost to find it’s way on it.

This could be done in two ways:

1. Wouldn’t it by cool to watch Joost on the portable device over WiFi? The iPhone/iPod Touch can certainly handle the video playback. After all, the platform already play native h.264 video with AAC audio… and Joost happen to also use the same codecs. So add the P2P content distribution chunk and the encryption bits and you have a little portable Joost application.

Joost could even build up an anthill cache on the device to allow you to watch buffered content while away from WiFi service!

With it you can watch Joost anywhere… OK, where you can get a WiFi connection:

  • On the train
  • on the bus
  • on your bed at home or in an hotel room
  • at the airport
  • etc.

2. Use the iPhone/iPod as a secondary display device. Essentially create a small application that run on the iPhone/iPod and interface over WiFi with Joost running on you PC, Mac or even STB (Set Top Box). Joost could easilly use the touch screen as a bi-directional communication/control device linking the user on the couch with Joost on the Big Screen.

Imagine using the touch screen as a super Joost remote. Use it to control the User Interface on the Living Room Big Screen. Use it as a virtual keyboard and mouse to do searches and control/move widgets around.

When Joost start playing on the Big Screen the touch interface could become a virtual remote control. Press the virtual pause button, Fast Forward, Rewind and control the action on the main screen.

Joost want to display some advertising back to you? Why not display it as a background on the iPhone/iPod interface? Maybe as motion advertisement that requires some user interaction! You could get creative here!

OK, so Joost just showed you and Advertisement Bug offering you to get more information about a product? Fine, hit the virtual AdBug button on the iPhone/iPod screen and fire up the portable Safari browser while Joost pause playback on the Big Screen. When you are done surfing the vendor web site close the browser, return to the Joost touch screen and resume playback.

Joost could also use the iPhone/iPod as a screen for Widgets. For example a program rating widget would fit perfectly on it. It would allow users to easilly rate the program they just viewed and share it with the Joost communite.

As you can imagine the possibilities are vast.

Apple future product… a Smart Media Commander?

August 27, 2021

This is pure speculation on my part, so let it be clear.

With Apple releasing the iPhone and now possibly the “iPod Touch” with 16:9 large screen touch display wouldn’t it make sense if Apple also turned those devices in “Smart Media Commanders”?

OK, what is a “Smart Media Commander” you might ask. Good question! What do you want it to be? Is my answer.

A “Smart Media Commander” is an evolved remote control based on a WiFi touch screen device. The WiFi nature of the iPhone (and possibly the new “iPod Touch”) could allow it, with the right software, to interact with any of your WiFi enabled Mac hardware.

This could allow you, from you couch, to select you Apple TV unit and then control it using your iPhone touch screen. The basic Play, Pause, Keyboard Typing, Up, Down, Left, Right, Menu, etc would be possible. The iPhone touch interface could also change based on the context of what is on our Apple TV screen.

For example, if you where on the YouTube section the iPhone Smart Media Commander screen could display a list of available video to play while the Apple TV is playing a video in Full Screen. Find a video you like on the iPhone Screen, select it and the iPhone User Interface gives you the choice of “Queuing” the video or “Play it right away”.

During a Photo slide show presentation the User Interface could allow you to Pause, Rotate, Zoom, Delete, etc, the picture on your big screen TV.

The Smart Media Commander could also allow you to “Buy/Rent” video from the iTunes store and get them to play right away on your Apple TV.

The Smart interface could also be used to deliver targeted “Advertisement” to the iPhone GUI while a freely available show playback on the big screen. It could give you the option of pausing the main video and jump to a web page, or ask if you would be interested to receive more information via a subsequent email, etc.

Really, your imagination is the limit on what such an interface could be. I sincerely hope to see it come to life in the months to come.

Where’d Apple Get Its Juice?

June 25, 2021

Tweak the hardware. Cell phone batteries are often as large as the gadget’s casing can accommodate, and there are no surprise technologies that can make a standard battery retain its juice longer. Instead, manufacturers concentrate on power management.

Along with the screen, chips are the biggest power-consumers in a cellular device. By working with numerous chip manufacturers, Apple and other electronics companies can pick and choose individual chips that are particularly energy efficient. The iPhone’s glass screen, announced this week, will also help save energy. The more tasks a phone is running (phone calls, Web browsing sessions) the more quickly the battery gets depleted. Advanced operating systems—iPhone uses a version of Apple’s OS X—can regulate the device’s power usage, powering down the processor or the screen when they’re not active. (Tech companies occasionally calculate a device’s battery life with most of its hardware components shut off, an unrealistic situation that tends to produce an inflated projection of the gadget’s real-world power consumption. Most consumer electronics, including the iPhone, are powered by lithium-ion batteries. These power sources are popular because they pack many times the power of other types of batteries in a fraction of the space. Tech analysts say new screen technology will offer a huge amount of power savings. A large touch screen like the one on the iPhone is particularly power-intensive. As a result, gadget manufacturers are increasingly ditching traditional LCD displays in favor of the more energy efficient organic light-emitting diode screens.

[Via Slate]

Apple and Google are ready for the battle of your digital life

June 20, 2021

Have you noticed how Apple and Google have been teaming recently? All the pieces of the puzzle are falling in place for both of them to conquer your digital life. Steve Jobs has pulled a “Bill Gates” on Microsoft with it’s successful partnership with Google. In case you did not know, Microsoft success was in major part due to it’s ability to partner with other company to gain more and more market share.

But Microsoft appear to have missed on the great opportunity of partnering with Google. They where blinded in engaging an enemy they just did not knew how to fight. Meanwhile Steve Jobs appear to have learned from Microsoft past success and decided that fighting Google was not the answer to the problem.

Instead, Apple decided to partner with Google. After all, Apple has always had the touch to produce great looking hardware that was easy to use and appealed to the mass. Google, on the other hand, had the data Apple needed to fuel it’s innovative applications. The wedding was celebrated on August 29. 2006 when Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt joined Apple’s Board of Directors.

Since then Apple and Google went on secretly developing applications that would run on both the iPhone and Apple TV.

The iPhone got an integrated Google search, Google Maps, Google mail and the recently announced YouTube video application.

The Apple TV got it’s 1st interactive application as the YouTube video option in the update release on June 20, 2007.

Playback of YouTube video on both the iPhone and Apple TV became possible when Google decided to change it’s choice of Flash Video codec for YouTube to the more standard h.264 codec supported by the Apple hardware. This is clearly just the beginning of a great relationship. It is likely that more Apple/Google applications will emerge in the months to come… and not just for the iPhone and Apple TV.

One could easily speculate that the next OS upgrade of Apple will include more and more Google integration. This could come in the form of YouTube video integration in the new OS X Leopard Front Row application. In fact Leopard Front Row has become similar in features to the Apple TV.

If you think of it, Apple and Google are most likely getting ready to conquer you Living Room, Office, Bedroom, Loft, etc. All that is needed now is for Google to announce content partnership with major networks. Once Google has the content Apple will provide the interface that everyone will love to use. Throw in the mix a few in-line ads and you get the perfect platform for video on demand distribution.

Joost, Babelgum and others better watch out. The day Google announce major content partners for YouTube the race for the living room will be over. At the end it will come down to who can better provide the best content to the users in a pleasing to use package. Both better start working on improved hardware platform with proper interface that can be easily used with a remote control from a couch. Neither have this at this point… but Apple and Google already have their foot in the door… and the opening is getting wider and wider day after day.

The latest move of Apple in the Windows browser space is most likely part of the plan. Safari for Windows gives Apple the control they need on the environment to better display and play YouTube content… and content is king, especially in the digital space.

What else might you expect from the Apple/Google partnership? A secret feature for the iPhone that will allow direct video capture in h.264 and upload to YouTube. All your YouTube followers can then watch your video almost instantly… And when you come back home you can watch it on you PC, Mac, Video iPod or TV (via the Apple TV). This would certainly be a big ticket item for all the youth out there.

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YouTube Live on Apple TV Today; Coming to iPhone on June 29

June 20, 2021

CUPERTINO, California—June 20, 2007—Apple® today announced that iPhone™ users will be able to enjoy YouTube’s originally-created content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple-designed application on iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube’s content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on iPhone’s stunning 3.5 inch display.

In addition, Apple announced that YouTube is now live on Apple TV™. Users can download the free software update using Apple TV’s built-in software update feature, and then easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos. YouTube members can also log-in to their YouTube accounts on Apple TV to view and save their favorite videos.

“iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are—on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV.”

To achieve higher video quality and longer battery life on mobile devices, YouTube has begun encoding their videos in the advanced H.264 format, and iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Over 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.

The combination of H.264-encoded videos plus iPhone’s built-in Wi-Fi networking, stunning 3.5 inch display, and custom YouTube application with its multi-touch user interface results in the best YouTube experience on any mobile device.

Update:

This was discussed back on June 3rd in this post about YouTube moving to h264 for better AppleTV and iPhone support.

iPhone has a special YouTube player that you can launch right from the home screen. So now you can access and browse YouTube videos wherever you go. And when you find a video you want to send your friends, iPhone can even create an email with the link in it for you.

Watch Youtube on the Apple iPhone demo video.

Will the iPhone be huge?

June 7, 2021

Now, with the launch of the hugely hyped iPhone in a few weeks, momentum investors are driving Apple (AAPL) shares to unexplored territory.  Hard as it is to believe, all the excitement surrounding Jobs and his new toy may actually understate the impact of this device on Apple’s fortunes.

Beyond the hysteria surrounding its June 29 launch, the iPhone has the potential for adding a totally new, $10 billion-a-year business within just a few years. That’s the kind of thinking that has some analysts pegging Apple’s stock price at 160 and up.

They contend that the blazing success of Apple’s Mac and iPod lines on their own justify much of Apple’s current value. JMP Securities’ Ingrid Ebeling used conservative price-earnings ratio projections for 2008 to calculate that the Mac business, with revenues of $11.7 billion and net margins of 11%, would be worth $42.70 on its own.

[Via Businessweek]

YouTube moving to h.264 for better AppleTV and iPhone support

June 3, 2021

The relationship between Apple and Google keep showing it’s head more and more! Something tell me that the recently announced YouTube support of h.264 will also enable the Apple iPhone to play YouTube content when the phone launch on June 29th 2007.:

According to Moody, the YouTube update will take place in stages, beginning with the free software update for Apple TV owners in mid-June. At launch, “thousands of videos designed for Apple TV” will be available, with additional thousands added weekly until the entire YouTube library becomes accessible to Apple TV users this fall.

When asked what “designed for Apple TV” meant, Moody said that YouTube will soon be encoding videos in the H.264 streaming-efficient compression format preferred by Apple TV, and that all new videos submitted to YouTube as of the mid-June launch of the AppleTV update will be playable by the device. From then until fall, YouTube will be encoding its entire back-catalog in H.264 format, adding videos in chunks until everything is accessible to Apple TV users. Direct links and the on-screen keyboard-based search engine mentioned in our previous update will bring you to current and old videos alike.

h.264, also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding), is a video compression standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors. The standard is expected to offer up to twice the compression of the current MPEG-4 ASP (Advanced Simple Profile), in addition to improvements in perceptual quality. The H.264 standard can provide DVD-quality video at under 1.5 Mbps, and is considered promising for full-motion video over wireless, satellite, and ADSL Internet connections.

YouTube is currently streaming all it’s content using the Flash Video format known as FLV. It is not expected that YouTube will force anyone outside AppleTV and iPhone users to play the new format when it becomes available.

[Via iLounge]

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